During her time at Guilford, Emma was the treasurer of the Pre-Law student group and co-president of the Women and Non-binary Student Association (WNBSA), a group for students of marginalized gender identities to find community and organize for intersectional feminist causes. She says WNBSA connected her with passionate feminist organizers and gave her the opportunity to be a leader in the community through organizing student awareness and education events.
Emma also worked with WV FREE, a reproductive justice nonprofit organization in West Virginia as a Voter Engagement and Outreach Fellow. “I was responsible for organizational base-building and recruitment through direct voter engagement and contact, primarily working on content involving the judicial bypass process for abortion access and accessible sex ed,” she explains.
As busy as she was during her undergraduate years, Emma emphasized the importance of soaking in the college experience.
“Enjoy your education!” she says. “It’s such a privilege to be able to take courses with professors who know you personally, care about your learning, and who are not only passionate about their subjects but passionate about teaching.”
For Political Science students, Emma recommends getting involved in politics-related scholarship programs like Guilford’s Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program and Principled Problem Solving; reading Professor George Guo’s emails for internship opportunities; and committing to the games in Professor Ken Gilmore’s classes.
For English students, she says, take an off-the-beaten-path course like “The Binge” or “Monster Studies,” get involved with the Greenleaf Review, the College’s literary magazine, or the Guilfordian, the College’s newspaper, and apply for the Sherwood Anderson Creative Writing Scholarship.
“What I miss the most about Guilford is the community of people,” she says, “from the wonderful professors I’ve worked with to the club officers I’ve organized with to my amazing roommates and friends.”
Are you interested in a law career? Schedule your personalized visit to Guilford to learn more about the Elon Law Program, an accelerated pathway to law school. You can also meet with students like Emma — as well as supportive faculty — who share your passion and want to help you succeed as an undergrad and beyond.